Valentine’s Day: Toddler Storytime

On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, we shared books about love and flannel stories about this American holiday!

Books We Shared

Did You Know That I Love You? by Christa Pierce –
In rhyming text, Bird reminds Fox of the many ways she shows her love for him, reminiscent of the parent-child bond, and promises that no matter how big he gets, she always will love him.

A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy – Celebrates the loving bond between parents and babies on split-page, surprise-reveal spreads of kissing parent-child animal pairs, including elephants, tiny mice, and bubbling fish.

Counting Flannelboard

Candy Hearts

Down at the candy store
What did I see?
Five little candy hearts
looking at me!
Along came (child’s name)
with a nickel one day.
She/he bought a pink/white one
and took it away.

(Adapted from a rhyme at http://tonsoffunpreschoolactivities.blogspot.com/)

Flannelboard Story

Six Little Valentines

6 little Valentines were sent to my house,
The first one said, “I love you, From Mouse.”

5 little Valentines in my mailbox,
The second one said, “Be mine, Love Fox.”

4 little Valentines full of love,
The third one said, “You are sweet, From Dove.”

3 little Valentines just for me,
The fourth one said, “Be my honey, Love Bee.”

2 little Valentine’s mailed with care,
The fifth one said, “Here’s a hug, From Bear.”

The last little Valentine, from my friend Jay,
This one said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

(Source: Busy Crafting Mommy and Sunflower Storytime)

Video We Watched

Max’s Valentine from Summertime with Max and Ruby

Rhymes and Fingerplays We Shared Without Music

Peekaboo

Peekaboo, where are you?
Hiding in your… place! Peekaboo!

Peekaboo, I see you
and your smiling…. face! Peekaboo!

How Crocodiles Kiss

I wonder how crocodiles kiss.
I bet the little baby crocodiles kiss like this… (show just index fingers and thumbs opening and closing)
I bet the big brother and big sister crocodiles kiss like this… (show whole hand opening and closing)
I bet the mommy and daddy crocodiles kiss like this… (open arms wide and bring them back together)
And I bet the great-grandma and great-grandpa crocodiles kiss like this… (make two fists and open and close for “toothless” older crocodiles)

Bumblebee

Bumblebee was in the barn, carrying Valentines under his arm (flutter fingers around in the air)
Bzzzzzzzzz! (tickle baby)

Songs We Shared With CD

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle little star (open and close fingers into fist to make star)
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high, (move hands up)
Like a diamond in the sky. (make a diamond shape with hands)
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are. (open and close fingers into fist to make star)

(I got this Twinkle Twinkle from a mix CD and can’t for the life of me figure out who did this version!! Sorry!)

I’m a Little Teapot and Two Little Blackbirds
from Wiggleworms Love You

I’m a little teapot short and stout
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout
Tip me over and pour me out

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill
Fly away Jack and fly away Jill
Come back Jack and come back Jill

Clap Everybody and Say Hello
from Sally Go Round the Sun

Clap Everybody and Say Hello
Clap Everybody and Say Hello
Clap Everybody and Say Hello no matter what the weather

Stamp Everybody and Say Hello
Stamp Everybody and Say Hello
Stamp Everybody and Say Hello no matter what the weather

Wiggle Everybody and Say Hello
Wiggle Everybody and Say Hello
Wiggle Everybody and Say Hello no matter what the weather

Jump Everybody and Say Hello
Jump Everybody and Say Hello
Jump Everybody and Say Hello no matter what the weather

Sing Everybody and Say Hello
Sing Everybody and Say Hello
Sing Everybody and Say Hello no matter what the weather

Skidamarink
from Wiggleworms Love You

Skidamarink a dink a dink
Skidamarink a doo
I love you

Skidamarink a dink a dink
Skidamarink a doo
I love you

I love you in the morning and in the afternoon
I love you in the evening and underneath the moon, Oh,

Skidamarink a dink a dink
Skidamarink a doo
I love you

Continue the Fun

A Kiss For You by Annette Swoboda, Susanne Lutje, Translated by David Henry Wilson

I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy

Kiss, Kiss by Jennifer Couelle, illustrated by Jacques LaPlante, translated by Karen Simon

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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